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McCall Spring Cleaning Checklist

 

Part 1: Kitchen, Bed & Bath

McCall Spring Cleaning Checklist, Part 1

This article was getting super long, so we broke it down into two parts. This is McCall Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 1 and covers the kitchen, bathrooms, and bedrooms. Part 2 has tips for general living spaces, outside areas, and cleaning the cleaners.

Here we are, it’s Spring again!  Yay!  Now’s the time to get outside and do all that fun stuff you have missed over the Winter months.  But before you do, run through our McCall Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 1 and Part 2 to make sure your home is in top shape.

Spring cleaning checklists help you to remember those areas that we all want to forget about.

Most of us are like, yeah, I will get to that later, let’s go have some fun in the sun.  But I’m sure I’m not the only one that has unexpected guests pop-in, especially during the warmer months, and then all of a sudden those “forgotten” areas are illuminated in all their glory by that lovely sunshine you’ve been enjoying.

Hmmm, sound familiar? Get ahead of the game and run down this Spring cleaning checklist.

Not gonna lie, our McCall Spring cleaning checklist part 1 and part 2 are not something we want to think about either, but just think of how nice it will feel when it is all done.

Make it fun by playing some music or have the whole family help out to make it go quick.

Regardless, these items and areas to clean can be a bigger headache later the longer you let them go.  Some are more important than others, and some you may just not care about.

We have compiled a pretty big list; pick what is important to you and your family.

And now with all that new found energy that comes with Spring, get to it, so you can enjoy the next few months in peace knowing your surprise visit from your in-laws won’t embarrass you.  (Just speaking from experience.)

Kitchen Areas

» Wipe down kitchen cabinets, especially ones closest to the stove.  Dust and grease accumulate from cooking, leaving a gross film on your cabinet doors.
» Clean your dishwasher.  Using a powdered lemonade mix as your “soap”, run your dishwasher empty on a regular cycle using the drink mix.  

 

» Clean out your fridge.  Don’t just throw away old food or expired salad dressings.  Take everything out and with soapy water wipe down shelves, drawers, and walls.
» Deep clean your oven.  Scrape off any loose debris in your oven, then spray with ammonia.  Then sprinkle the bottom with baking soda and drop a little bit of vinegar on it.  The mixture will bubble up and then you can wipe away the grime and mixture with a clean sponge.
» Deodorize your garbage disposal.  Cut up pieces of lemon rind in your garbage disposal and then run cool water through it.  This helps to eliminate bad odors.
» Spring clean your microwave by putting a large bowl with 1 cup of water and lemon, lime, or orange rinds inside the appliance.  Microwave the solution on high until the door window steams up.  Turn off and let sit for 15 minutes to cool down.  Then wipe away all the food gunk and stains.

 

Gather all your cleaning supplies in a tote or bucket so you don’t have to go searching later.

» Cutting boards get a lot of wear, but you can freshen them up by rubbing a cut lemon on them to remove stains and odors.  To add a little more elbow grease, pour baking soda or salt on the board, then scrub with your lemon.
» Polish your silver.  Never put your silver through the dishwasher.  Use an appropriate silver cleaner to remove tarnish.
» CALLING ALL JUNK DRAWERS!  Dump them, clean the actual drawer and then disperse the items to either their appropriate location, trash or back in the drawer
» Wipe down all appliances on the outside. Pull them out if you have to to get in between the cabinets and it.
» Clean out your pantry. Donate unexpired but unlikely to be used by you food to your local church pantry, throw everything that has expired away.

Bathroom Spring cleaning checklist!  

» Clean tiled surfaces with baking soda and water mixture.  1/2 cup of baking soda mixed thoroughly with 2 gallons of water, then scrub with a plastic bristle brush. 
» Plastic shower curtains can go in your washer.  Remove all hooks and wash your shower curtain with a couple of bath towels on gentle cycle.  Hang to dry.
» Throw away expired or unused, open containers of makeup, skincare, and hair care products.   
» Clean makeup brushes by massaging in a couple of drops of Dawn liquid soap or your shampoo.  Add some water and work soap into the bristles.  Then rinse with cool water to remove soap.  Let air dry. 

 

“Plastic shower curtains can go in your washer!”

» Maintain free-flowing shower and sink drains by pouring a baking soda (1/2 c.) and salt (1/4 c.) mixture down the drain.  Follow it with 1 cup of heated, white vinegar.  Let stand in drain for 15 minutes, then flush with running hot water for 15-30 seconds.
» Do a deep clean of your bathroom.
Saddle up boys and girls it could be a bumpy ride if you haven’t been maintaining your bathroom like you should. Disinfect all surface areas: behind the toilet, around the toilet, on top of the toilet, sides of the toilet, ok… shower shelves, drawers, cabinets, counter tops, tooth brush holders, towel hooks and bars. All these places can be a breeding ground for nasty little bugs.

Warning!  Danger ahead!

Spring cleaning checklist for your bedrooms

» Throw your pillows in your washer and clean on gentle cycle.  If you have had them for several years, your best bet is to throw them out and buy new ones.
» Vacuum your mattress, flip and/or rotate!  It collects all your dead skin and dust mites.  Enough said.  

» Switch out your winter clothes for your Summer duds. Donate or throw away clothes you don’t wear or have worn out.

 

Time to switch out those wool sweaters for t-shirts and tank tops.

If you are throwing out the pillows and cleaning anyway, why not let them have a little fun with a pillow fight.

Spring Cleaning Checklist – Part 2

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